Saturday, August 25, 2012

Camel and donkey wait for tourist shekels

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As our poor taxi sputtered and strained to get up the steep incline of the narrow roads to the peak of Mount of Olives, the tourist camel came into view and my tourist friends got excited.

I got a drive-by shot of the smiling camel for Camera Critters meme.

Business was slow that morning.
The white donkey and his human were lounging over on the other side of the observation place.
A young Arab boy, maybe the son of the owner, got a free camel ride.
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The man and the donkey have been a fixture of Jerusalem for as long as I can remember.
See them here with much of Jerusalem in the background, and here elsewhere on Mt. of Olives, and here near the Old City.
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14 comments:

Spiderdama said...

I've seen them but never tried them myself. The kids had to try, Levi seems they were very tall and a bit scary.
Like your very clear blue sky:-)

Dina said...

Spiderdama, Levi is right.

joanne said...

nice photos....the camel ride does appear a bit too scary to me, too....

Adullamite said...

I'm sure that brute threatened me 20 years ago! :)

Sara said...

Yes, they were there 38 years ago too...somehow I have never managed to ride a camel or a donkey however!

Kay said...

I really don't enjoy riding camels. I see why they're called Ships of the Desert. That rocking motion made me seasick.

Dr M said...

I was just there in June. I seem to remember the same camel back in the 80s when we had groups up there. A camel's life expectancy is 40-50 years, so I suppose it may be!

I wonder about the donkey??

Rob Mandy said...

Wonder how many camels I would get for my wife... Hope she won't read this!!!

Dina said...

Rob, shame on you. ;) Isn't it supposed to be the other way around? Like the man pays the bride price is as many camels as the bride's father thinks she is worth.
Tov, I won't tell Mandy.

JM said...

Riding a camel is great fun. However, I think I might not say the same if it's a long journey! :-)

Hels said...

A tourist camel? Is that like a slow taxi :)

Greensboro Daily Photo said...

Does your camel work on Sunday? When I was trying to climb Mt. Sinai on camel, a couple of decades ago, the Bedouin camel owner told me that Sunday was a day of rest for his camel. I had to walk.........

Pat said...

Nice shot! I like camels.

VP said...

I gladly skipped these...